Strangled by Identity

Rishabh Bhandari & Thomas Hopson

American politics has grown bitterly divided and terribly dysfunctional. Many observers of the resulting multifaceted political crisis, especially on the right though in some recent cases on the left as well, explain it through critiques of "identity politics." But identity politics is something we tend to see others doing while failing to recognize that we are doing it ourselves. And because we often miss the breadth of its scope and reach, we fail to see not only how central it is to the trouble with our politics but also how it might be overcome.

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Taking On the Scourge of Opioids

Sally Satel

Major swaths of our country are experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of deadly drug abuse. An estimated 2.1 million Americans abuse or are addicted to opioids — a class of highly addictive drugs. More than 33,000 died because of such abuse in 2015, and the rate is only rising. But because this epidemic has not hit the major cities where our politics and culture are centered, the public and political response has been shockingly slow and halting. Now that our leaders increasingly do see this massive crisis, how can they best help to address it?

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Science and ideology in economics

Robert M. Solow

The Public Interest was a quarterly public policy journal founded by Irving Kristol and Daniel Bell in 1965. Throughout its four decades of publication, ending in 2005, it offered incomparable insight and wisdom on a vast range of challenges at the intersection of public affairs, culture, and political economy—helping America better understand and govern itself in a tumultuous time. National Affairs now hosts its archives, free of charge.

After Federalist No. 10

Greg Weiner

Federalist No. 10 is rooted in timeless political truths, but also in some less permanent assumptions. Madison assumes politics will occur at a leisurely pace. He imagines a government that does not concern itself with economic minutiae. And he is able to take for granted a reasonably broad consensus as to the existence if not the content of the public good. These assumptions may now be collapsing. So how can Madison's vision be restored and secured?

Medicare's Single-Payer Experience

Chris Pope

Advocates of single-payer health care often argue as though there has never been an experiment with a single-payer system in America. But the Medicare system, which provides health coverage to Americans over the age of 65, has been just such an experiment for decades. And the results make for a powerful case against a single-payer system or "Medicare for all" and for consumer choice and competition as the path to better coverage and care.

Putting Regulators on a Budget

Jeff Rosen

The spending undertaken by federal appropriators — just like private businesses and households — is restrained by a budget. But federal regulators face no such constraints. They can impose costs on the economy without limit, as long as they can somehow claim sufficient benefits connected to their rules. It is time for Congress to establish a regulatory budget to contain the cost of our administrative state.

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